Attention Improving Tips
“Attention: The ability to focus selectively on a selected stimulus, sustaining that focus and shifting it at will. The ability to concentrate.” – William C. Shiel Jr
Attention and focus go hand in hand and by focusing your attention on one thing for a prolonged amount of time, you can fine-tune your own attention abilities.
Why is attention important?
If you can train your attention and ability to focus, you can improve the way your brain functions and how it actively processes specific information. The benefits of improving your attention include:
- Being more productive.
- Increased ability to concentrate for longer periods of time.
- Save time in everything you do.
- Focus more easily without distraction.
So, it’s worth paying attention to the rest of this article, as we highlight the 3 best tools to improve your attention today.
Peak’s Brain Training Game Decoder
Peak’s focus game called Decoder was developed by neuroscientist Dr Sahakian and her team from Cambridge University. They wanted to design a game scientifically proven to improve attention for our Peak gamers. In a study published in Frontiers of Behavioural Neuroscience, Sahakian shows that users who play Decoder significantly improve their attention in standardised tests when compared to control groups.
These findings are exciting because it shows that simple tools can make an impact on the brain and how it functions, with a focus on attention. (Decoder is being launched on Android at the end of March 2020, so if you’re an Android user reading this before then, it won’t be long until you can get a slice of the action.)
Make A To-Do List Then Slash It
Sounds dramatic, right? That’s because it kind of is. Lists are hailed as the saving grace when it comes to remembering things. They are good for that, however a full list can be daunting and overwhelming. In fact, it can be distracting and make you lose focus and attention at just the thought of it.
Here’s an idea to help improve your attention skills when it comes to focusing on just one task, are you ready?
Slash your list in half, then half again. Maybe even half again.
Why? Well, by getting rid of the less important things to do, you’re freeing up the list-shackles that are silently smothering your attention abilities. It’s okay to create a ‘less important things’ list which you can tuck away somewhere, however, it’s vital to just stick to 2 or 3 things on your ‘live’ to do list.
This tool/method sounds easy, but it’s not. It takes practice and trust in your own ability to decipher the priority tasks. You’ll get there!
Listen, Really Listen
We often think we’re listening to someone when they’re talking, whether it’s in a meeting, on the phone or in a social situation, however, we rarely truly do. Listening is a skill many of us have lost or have never had. We often think we have it, but in reality our attention is elsewhere. Whether it’s listening and texting, listening and scrolling through social media or listening and thinking about something else, we don’t just focus on the person talking.
It’s time for a change, so listen up. If you want to boost your attention skills then you can train your brain by focusing on what that one person is saying to you. How? Resist the temptation to look at your phone, avoid the urge to think about your dinner plans and edge away from staring out of the window and wondering how pigeons survive with no feet. Do this with the next 10 people you interact with, you’ll find your attention skills get better and better with each person. Try it today.
By training your brain in different ways to pay more attention, quality attention at that, you’re bound to find improvements. And when it comes to playing Peak’s attention game Decoder, these attention boosting tips and tools should help you smash your high score too. Now that’s worth paying attention to.